A warm welcome, cosy, soft-lit surroundings and tasty food awaits diners at Burlingtons – as well as a liberal helping of teddy bears.
The husband-and-wife-run establishment has been open for 24 years – and if Saturday night is anything to go by people return again and again.
Like any excellent host Judy knows her regulars’ favourites, and pours their usual tipple while inviting them to take a seat in the large bar area,
Newcomers, like me and my dining companion, were treated to the same warmth. We settled into the leather sofas, sipped wine and perused the menu.
There was a spring time specials choice as well as Burlington tasty beginnings and favourites from the grill.
A light pancake stuffed with salmon, haddock and prawns in a creamy white wine and spinach sauce was my partner’s choice. This cost £6.50 from the spring specials starters.
The other choice was a spring salad including parma ham and melon drizzled with port balsamic dressing.
From a choice which included prawns royale, prawn cocktail, home-made soup and chicken liver pate I went for the Cointreau melon (£5.25).
The pancake was stuffed with fish and was exceptionally tasty, according to my companion. The fan of melon – water melon and honeydew – presented with a selection of other fruit drizzled with Cointreau and raspberry cocktail was fresh and juicy.
The spring specials included three main courses – sea bass, chicken breasts and the fish pancake. But we had had our tastebuds more than tickled by the “favourites”.
Cooking is David’s domain – and his skills range from duck to steaks, pork, lamb, cod and salmon, some with a Thai twist, others with an Italian influence.
There are steaks aplenty with different sauces to accompany them.
My partner picked chicken breast cooked with hickory-smoked bacon in a spinach and blue cheese sauce (£12.95).
Peppered pork served with a creamy mushroom, brandy and peppercorn sauce was my choice (£13.50).
Both main dishes were served with a huge choice of vegetables – two types of potato, carrots, beans and broccoli.
My meat was moist and melted in the mouth and the sauce had a little heat and was very creamy. The chicken was equally delicious.
Puddings choice is delivered by Judy at your table – each one exquisitely described. Bread and butter pudding with a ginger flavour was my partner’s choice and I opted for a frangipan tart. Each cost £5.24.
From the second you step through the door, the service is top-notch from Judy and her waitresses. There are unique touches – home-made bread, warm and crusty. This was “Just to get you started,” said Judy. A sorbet palate cleanser was served between starters and main.
Back to the teddy bears – they are everywhere: in pictures, cushions, on shelves and in nooks and crannies.
David gave Judy a teddy bear to put on the bar when the restaurant first opened – ever since appreciative patrons have been bringing the couple a soft toy as a gift. Small wonder there are so many because it is a terrific place that invites return.
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